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If you’ve wanted to schedule a photoshoot for some time now, you’ve probably seen a few mentions of mini sessions.
If you’re wondering whether mini sessions are better than a full photoshoot and vice versa, know that there’s no real way to say one is better than the other because each option serves a slightly different purpose – it all depends on what you want to achieve.
For example, if you want to capture photos of your three toddlers, chances are you’re already pretty strapped for time, which is when a mini session might be a better option for you. Mini sessions are also ideal if you’re considering working with a photographer for a more custom shoot and you want to try out their services, almost like a sample session.
If you need a larger variety of photos that follow a specific style, a full photoshoot would be a better option. A full photo session also costs more, so keep that in mind when planning for your session.
Here is a quick comparison of these two types of photo sessions. Keep in mind that this might differ among photographers.
Regardless of the option you choose, you can expect to receive beautiful photographic memories that you can use for years to come. Speak to your photographer about your requirements to decide what’s best for you.
November 10, 2020
Fall Mini Sessions are now available, yay! Fill out the form below to book yours. Please email me with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 17, 2020
Home is where the heart is, which is why it’s one of the best locations for family photos.
If you’ve been looking to take some updated photos of your family but want to beat the summer heat or keep things close to home, here are a few inspiring ideas for your upcoming photo session.
There’s something about making a meal together that really brings a family together. You already spend a lot of time in the kitchen so why not use it as a backdrop for some new family photos. Throw on some aprons, choose a fun recipe and get the entire family involved in the process. These candid shots will definitely be something that you’ll want to print out or place in an album.
Curling up with the people you love in a big bed on a Saturday or Sunday morning is simply the best so throw on your best PJs, grab a few books, a cup of coffee, and let your photographer do the rest. Have a laugh together, read a story to your children or show off your matching socks at the foot of the bed.
If you’ve spent a lot of time decorating your baby’s nursery, it’s the perfect place to grab some memorable photos with your family. Plus, the natural light from the window will provide you with a warm atmosphere that will enhance every photo.
The lounge is another area of the home that your family probably spends a lot of time in, especially if you enjoy lazy days on a comfy couch watching all your favorite movies. It’s also the perfect spot to take some updated family photos. Depending on your preferences, you can all wear something comfy or outfits that are casual and coordinated – the choice is yours.
You don’t even need to pick a particular room for your family photos, you can simply aim to have a little fun with your kids for the afternoon and let your photographer capture your time together. Whether your kids want to throw on superhero capes or they want to play with building blocks in their room, these are all perfect photo opportunities.
If you have a picturesque backyard, why not have an intimate picnic with your family while you capture some new family photos at the same time.
Your home is filled with perfect photo opportunities, you simply need to think outside the box!
June 1, 2020
A lot of people may love the idea of a professional photo session but many end up being put off by the price.
Here are 6 reasons why a professional photography session is well worth the price:
Even though your photo session may only last an hour, your photographer still needs to travel to and from your location, spend time selecting the best photos and edit those photos too.
Producing high-quality photos requires professional equipment. The price of your session factors in your photographer’s camera, lenses, flash, reflectors, tripods, storage cases and more. Certain types of photography can also cost more because more gear is required. Wedding photography being a prime example.
As with any other profession, building up the skills required to be a successful photographer takes time and money.
Along with having all the right gear, photographers also need to have certain technology in order to process and edit their photos. This includes high-end computer equipment as well as professional photo editing software.
Photographers spend years honing their skills and developing an artistic eye that allows them to produce the results that they do. From knowing how to work with different types of lighting to being able to spot the perfect photo opportunity, you really can’t put a price on experience. It’s also experience that gives them the know-how necessary to guide you and pose you during your photo session.
This is particularly true with event or wedding photography. When there are multiple things happening all at once, an assistant will be required to get the job done right, which will often be factored into your pricing.
At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. If you truly like a photographer’s style and are impressed with their skills and experience, the price you pay for your photo session is definitely well worth it.
March 19, 2020
If you’ve never done it before, the thought of being in front of a professional photographer can be rather nerve wracking.
If you are really excited and terrified about your upcoming photo session, there are a few things that you can do to relax and enjoy your session to skip the photo jitters.
When you’re about to have your photos taken, it’s difficult to not think about where you should stand and how you should pose, which often makes you act unnaturally. It’s important to remember that it’s not your job to work for the camera, the camera is here to work for you.
To take the best photos, you should ideally be as relaxed as possible. To help you do this, start by focusing on your surroundings. How would you naturally act if you were alone with family and friends in this type of surrounding? Treat your photographer as if they were someone you’ve known forever and that they’re simply spending a few hours with you.
Turn your thoughts to things that make you happy and what you really appreciate about being alive.
During your shoot, there will be moments when your photographer will pause, which can make a lot of people nervous.
It’s important to keep in mind that your photographer is a professional and is either dealing with something technical or thinking of their next shot. If they need you to change your pose or do something different, they will let you know. If they don’t, just keep engaging with your surroundings and enjoying yourself.
Even though it can be easier said than done, it’s best not to let critical or negative thoughts take over. If you’re feeling uncertain or self-conscious, take your thoughts back to a positive place before the negative thoughts can build on each other.
Adopt a fake-it-till-you-make-it mentality and own your photo session. You can also think of all the positive things friends and family members say about you to bring yourself back from a spiral of negative thoughts.
You should know that it’s completely normal to feel nervous before and during a photo session but choosing the right photographer and going in with the right mental state makes all the difference.
March 9, 2020
Welcome back, guys and gals!
I recently had a fantastic sunrise session with the Totino family. The Totino’s were in town for a wedding and wanted some gorgeous desert photos for their yearly holiday card.
We met at Papago Park in Phoenix, AZ. I loved shooting there because the morning light was so dreamy!
Okay, on to pictures of the Totino family!
February 20, 2020
Wondering how often you should update your family photos? This is what you need to know.
The years also seem to be going by faster and faster, which is especially true when you have children. As parents, you don’t want to miss the chance to capture your child’s milestones or how much you’ve changed as a family.
So, how often should you be updating your family photos?
Ideally, you should try and take new photos of your family every year. Here’s why:
While you are taking photos for yourself, you are also making sure that future generations have amazing photos that they can look back on too. Your children and grandchildren will thank you for it.
By making a point of updating your family photos on a regular basis, you’re also taking the time to be with your family and make new memories. You never know when your family dynamics could change so capture new memories whenever you can.
While we are a society that is constantly snapping photos on our phones and uploading them to social media, investing in professional photos gives you a completely different result. Not only will a professional know how to compose and edit each photo to perfection but these are the best photos to print and add to your family albums too.
You never realize how quickly your kids are growing until you look back at photos of them or you run into someone who hasn’t seen you in a while. By updating your family photos on an annual basis, you can really document your family’s growth, creating a beautiful series of photos that you can treasure forever.
Remember, updating your family photos every year doesn’t need to cost a fortune either. Talk with your photographer about the different options available to you.
February 12, 2020
Now that my busy season is coming to the end I wanted to announce something fun I will be doing for 2020 that I am super excited about!
There are locations throughout Arizona and California that I am wanting to photograph at and you will have exclusive pricing so you do not want to miss these.
These sessions can be used for family, maternity and milestone sessions. Once you contact me we will set up a date and time for the session of your choosing. The session must take place between February and July. California locations are available for the months of June and July only. The sessions must take place on a weekend unless otherwise noted.
I will help style your outfits through my professional styling tool. It is super easy and fun and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Professional hair and make up is highly recommended but not necessary. I do have some great recommendations for hair and make up artist if you choose to go that route.
You will receive up to an hour shooting time, full download online gallery and print release. When you book one of these session you agree to allow me to use these images for my portfolio which includes, but not limited to, social media and my website.
My adventure collection is $695 but if you choose to book one of my bucket list sessions you will receive $200 off that price! Say what?!?
Arizona locations include:
Sunset Point rest area (Black Canyon)- Mini’s Scheduled on July 25th. Book yours today!
Mogollon Rim (Payson)
West Fork Tail (Sedona) – Mini’s Scheduled on July 18th. Book yours today!
Bell Rock (Sedona)
Imperial San Dunes (Yuma)
Boyce Thompson Arboretum (Superior)
Saguaro Lake (Mesa)
Humphrey Peak (Flagstaff) – To take place in spring so there will be wildflowers!
California locations include and to take place in the month of late June or early July:
Joshua Tree National Park
Victoria Beach (Laguna)
Beach (San Diego)
Snag one of these sessions now. Only one of each available at the exclusive pricing!
Get dolled up and grab your family for a day of fun at one of these amazing locations. I promise, you will not be disappointed.
Click here to book yours today!
January 11, 2020
I wanted to take a quick second to tell you that I am seriously the luckiest photographer in the world. My clients are always so fabulous to work with. That’s true of my session with the Davies family, too!
I met up with them in November at Glendale Wash and the weather was perfect for photo-taking. While the weather was fine, it was the Davies family that made this shoot such a joy.
The Davies family consists of Dad, Roderick who loves deep sea fishing, Mom, April and she loves food art (aka cake decorating), oldest Emma loves to create art for others to enjoy, Kaitlyn plays any sport available, twin boys Roddy who is a master LEGO builder and Hudson loves music of all kinds and Baby Naomi is happy constantly.
“We love hiking at white tanks together, watching movies together and playing games together.,” says April.
As you can see from the comments above and the photos below, this family is not only photogenic, but also a close-knit group who clearly love spending time together. They are lucky to have each other.
Hope you enjoy the pictures!
January 2, 2020
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